Now that everyone has had a chance to read and digest the final report from special counsel Robert Mueller, a top-ranked Republican in Congress has charged that Mueller was less than totally honest in his report with regard to at least one aspect of the investigation.
That allegation came from Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes, ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, who pointed out that Joseph Mifsud, portrayed in the report as a Russian operative, was in fact most likely an asset of Western intelligence services.
Mifsud is the individual reported to have engaged in a conversation with minor Trump campaign associate George Papadopolous about Russian “dirt” on Hillary Clinton which was said to be a key starting point in the FBI’s 2016 counterintelligence probe into then-candidate Donald Trump.
The revelation from Nunes came during an appearance on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo in which the congressman pointed out discrepancies between what the Mueller report said about Mifsud and what is presently known about the man independent of the probe’s findings.
Nunes accused Mueller’s team of “cherry-picking” information from news reports about Mifsud that fit the narrative of him being a Russian operative, while at the same time ignoring evidence within those same reports and others that would support the counter-narrative that Mifsud was actually working on behalf of Western intelligence agencies.
State Department connection?
“So how is it that we spent $30-plus million on this, as taxpayers, and they can’t even tell us who Joseph Mifsud is?” Nunes asked.
“So we’re getting to the bottom of this. We believe he has ties to the State Department,” he continued. “The State Department — actually our State Department — had him in the United States Capitol in 2017. Joseph Mifsud.”
“And remember, why is Mifsud so important? Because Mueller, the Mueller dossier team, they essentially make this guy out to be a Russian asset under the control of Putin, said that he has ties to these Russians. Sound familiar?” Nunes said.
“This is the origination of this investigation, and it seems like Mifsud has an awful lot of ties to U.S., British, and Italian intelligence services,” Nunes added.
A moment later, Nunes pointed out another major discrepancy, in that while the alleged conversation between Mifsud and Papadopolous occurred in the spring or summer of 2016, nobody from the FBI and then Mueller’s team spoke with Papadopolous until more than a year later in 2017.
Bartiromo put two and two together and noted that “nobody knew” about the conversation in 2016 except Mifsud and Papadopolous, and said, “So how did the FBI know if Mifsud wasn’t an asset of the FBI?”
Watch the full exchange below:
The Russia collusion narrative, already debunked as it is, continues to unravel as various strings are pulled, and those who originally worked to weave all the different threads together to create the Russian collusion narrative are in increasing danger of being exposed for the partisan liars that they are.